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One of the most disturbing movies to come along in recent years is Brandon Cronenberg's Antiviral, which centers around a fictional company that purchases viruses and pathogens from celebrities who fall ill, which they offer up to clients who want to be infected with the same sicknesses as their favorite celebs. In the film, there's also a celebrity meat market where people can purchase meat grown from the cells of celebrities, allowing them to literally consume the stars that they idolize.
The reason the movie is so disturbing is because it's not hard at all to imagine a world where things like this become real, as celebrity steaks quite frankly seem like the next logical step in our evolution, as a celebrity-obsessed society. Just about a year after the film was released, it looks like life is already beginning to imitate highly disturbing art...
A new company called Bite »
- John Squires
Brandon Cronenberg, son of body-horror auteur David Cronenberg, made his feature debut in 2012 with a film about a celebrity-obsessed future in which a clinic obtains viruses from ill pop-culture stars in order to inject them into clients. Want the same sickness as Madonna or Britney Spears? No problem. Antiviral's cynical view showed us that even pathogens may one day be likened to designer shoes. Following in those footsteps seems to be BiteLabs. From what we can tell, it's a net art project criticizing celebrity culture/enviro issues, boasting “artisanal celebrity meat” – with tongue firmly planted in cheek (no pun intended). “It all starts with your favorite celebrities, and a quick biopsy to obtain tissue samples. Isolating...
- Alison Nastasi
Body horror is a sticky subject. No, really. I wasn't just making a bad pun. In the wrong hands, attempts at stories of this kind can be simply disgusting. But when it is done well, body horror can yield evocative results. Brandon Cronenberg rocked audiences at Fantastic Fest a couple of years ago conjuring up his father David's spirit with the striking Antiviral (2011), and fellow Canadian Jesse T. Cook got even more gooey with Septic Man (2012) the following year. There are plenty of other examples, but it seems a lot of folks are thinking along the same bloodlines. Enter Daniel Delpurgatorio. If you've heard of him, odds are it was his contribution to the long form version of Zac Snyder's Watchmen (2009) that afforded him...
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Another year has come to an end, which means it's time for the Dread Central staff to weigh in with their picks of the best and worst of 2013's horror offerings. We're giving you a full dozen lists this time, and per usual they come in a variety of formats, each reflecting the unique styles of our writers.
We've also compiled them to come up with the year's overall winners and losers. We averaged out the top and bottom five vote getters on everyone's lists, and here are the results:
Worst: Texas Chainsaw 3D
Runners-up: The Purge, The Last Exorcism Part II
Check out the Dread Central staff's Best of and Worst of lists for 2013 by following the links below!
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4 items from 2014
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